“Good is the enemy of “Great”


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“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.” – Jim C. Collins

I was reminded of Jim Collins’ quote this week, “Good is the enemy of great.” I was reading the story of Mary and Martha, and was convicted.

Luke 10:38-42

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”  But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Martha was busy. What she was doing was good. But Mary took advantage of the great thing, sitting at the feet of Jesus while he taught.  There are a lot of good things we need to do, our jobs, household chores, etc. But when we get “busy” and focus on these “good” things, sometimes the more important things suffer, like family time or our spiritual lives. The laundry can wait. People are more important.

I’m guilty of this. I’ve been very busy lately and have neglected family time and intense Bible study. My devotional time has been superficial, because I was distracted with all I was responsible for.

How can we prevent “good” from hindering the “great” in our daily lives? “What is important is seldom urgent,” Dwight D. Eisenhower often said, “and what is urgent is seldom important. The Eisenhower Matrix is one tool we can use to determine what is truly important, and what needs to be delegated or eliminated from our lives. The matrix is a business management tool, but can be used in all areas of our lives. Take a look at the matrix:

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The Matrix is divided into four quadrants to help you determine what is truly important, what can wait, what can be delegated or what or not at all important or useful.

Quadrant 1: Put tasks that are both important and urgent in this box. I include family time and my spiritual growth here.

Quadrant 2: Put important tasks in this box that can wait a while, but don’t put them off too long.

Quadrant 3: Determine what is not important, but urgent, and put those tasks in this box. Often these tasks can be handled by others.

Quadrant 4: Determine what is not important, and not urgent, and put those activities in this box. Perhaps some of these things can be eliminated from your life giving you room for the more important things in your life.

If you are also convicted that what is “great” has been usurped by what is “good” in your life, consider looking at this time management tool.

May your life be filled with what is truly important!

Sources used:

https://www.developgoodhabits.com/eisenhower-matrix/

https://www.biblegateway.com (English Standard Version)

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When Pain Is a Blessing


“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” Mark 6:31-32

For several months now I’ve been too busy to write, or have I? An increase in work responsibilities, summer activities, a soon-to-be senior, and my husband being out of town have made it difficult to find time to write. And I miss it. I prayed for some time to write, and it appears God has answered my prayer in an unusual way.

Somehow I injured my back. My physician has diagnosed me with a bulging disk. Wow. Now I’m limited on what I can do as I let my body heal. I’m not able to participate in physically strenuous activities, and some housework won’t get done for a few weeks. Now I find myself with time to write again.

I haven’t looked at my current project for at least three months. This morning I opened the file on my computer and began to read and write. When I write I feel connected to my Lord in a very special way. Oh how I have missed this precious time alone with my Savior. There is something refreshing and spiritually healing about solitude with God. This time is not just precious to me, it is necessary for my spiritual growth.

We can’t let the busyness of life get in the way of the necessities of life. Some of the tasks vying for our attention may seem urgent, but are not really necessary. Take a moment to decide if there are any urgent requests are taking time from what is truly important.

 “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5

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Blessings on your day.

Scripture: http://www.biblegateway.com

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You Are Very Important


There are around 20,000 species of fish, 6,000 species of reptiles, 9,000 birds, 1,000 amphibians, and 15,000 species of mammals (source: http://www.worldstory.net/en/species.html). In addition, there are around 400,000 of known plant species (source http://www.bgci.org/ourwork/1521/). Seems to me that not only is God creative, he likes diversity.

What’s interesting is plants and animals need each other. In the plant and animal kingdoms, each living thing has its place. It’s the same with us. God created each of us different for a reason. We need each other. God created us for community. In Genesis 2:18 God said “It is not good for man to be alone.”

Each of us does different things for the body of Christ. We have to remember God gave each of us different gifts. We all do our part to build up the Kingdom of God. It’s ok that we do different things. Everything is equally important to God. Always remember how important you are. God created you, and you are a very important part in His Kingdom.

1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Unity and Diversity in the Body

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized byone Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. . .

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.

 

Blessings to you.